Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Allegations of Impropriety against the Chief Justice

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Allegations of Impropriety against the Chief Justice

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In June, a controversy over the credibility of the Chief Justice became the main news item in the country. Although allegations of corruption against him had already surfaced years earlier and pictures of him holidaying together with a prominent lawyer had appeared on Internet websites for months, it was Minister Rais Yatim's criticism of the Chief Justice to an Australian radio station that sparked the furore.9 The Malaysian Bar Council called for an emergency meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up a tribunal to investigate the conduct of the Chief Justice, as well as to prevent the anticipated six-month extension of his tenure. UMNO Youth, and Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin, also came out to support Rais' action in questioning the Chief Justice's alleged impropriety. Their views were carried by the UMNO-controlled newspaper, Utusan Malaysi a.10 All this happened while Mahathir was away for an overseas meeting. When he returned, he declared that there was no need for a tribunal to be set up, and announced that the Chief Justice's term would be extended for another six months as there were matters that needed to be settled. …

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